A security breach halts traffic at Lyon Airport

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Lyon police have confirmed that an individual driving a white car on Highway A43 from Bron towards Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport drove into security barriers on the highway. Police began to chase him as he drove onto the runway from Terminal 1.

Some 20 police vehicles pursued the manhunt which ended in his arrest. RTL radio reported that shots were fired by police at the scene.

More serious details emerged recently. The intruder drove through a security barrier, through the Terminal’s glass doors, through the Terminal building and out onto the airside apron.

Several flights were diverted to Marseille following the incident and the airport has confirmed flights have been suspended until further notice.

More than 80 flights to or from Lyon Saint Exupery Airport have been cancelled so far. According to Eurocontrol, the airport is estimated to be “zero-rated” (no traffic) until 16:00 UTC (18:00 local time).

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